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HBCU students’ Detroit mobile grocery idea lands them Ally internships

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Alabama A&M University students won the Ally Financial Moguls in the Making competition, each winning a $10,000 scholarship and an internship at the company. (Photo: Ally Financial)

Several historically Black colleges and universities students walked away with internships and thousands of dollars in scholarships after creating business plans that would solve Detroit-based problems in a competition. 

The second annual HBCU business plan pitch competition, called Moguls in the Making, was hosted Sunday by Ally Financial Inc., which is based in Detroit. Ally Financial partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Big Sean’s the Sean Anderson Foundation to host the event. 

Excitement was shared virtually Sunday evening as teams from 11 HBCUs had the opportunity to

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Detroit Lions cut jobs on business side as team struggles on field

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Detroit Lions don’t seem intent on making a midseason coaching change, so what improvements, if any, can save the 2020 season? (Filmed Oct. 5, 2020)

Detroit Free Press

With no fans allowed at Ford Field for at least another month due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Detroit Lions laid off a portion of their business-side staff this week.

The exact number of job cuts is unknown, and the Lions declined to say what percent of their approximately 300-person non-football work force was impacted by the layoffs.

“Consistent with organizational policy, we will not be issuing comment on internal business matters,” the team said in a statement to the Free Press.

Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions, is seen before drills at practice, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Detroit. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)

The cuts came during the team’s bye week, and less than seven days after the organization

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‘The Detroit Entrepreneur’ Ranks #1 Small Business Online Magazine in Detroit

Numbers do not lie. As the first of its kind, The Detroit Entrepreneur was a mere idea early this year. This month, the media outlet proudly stands as the #1 small business online magazine in Detroit, and one of the top business magazines in Michigan. Despite these rankings, the incredible brand is the only one of its kind.

Denisa Axhami, founder and president, shares her gratitude. “The idea originated from past experiences I had as a young business owner,” the visionary explains. “The lack of exposure and a network hindered my growth, which lead me to lose faith in my first business.”

The Detroit Entrepreneur highlights entrepreneurs in all avenues of business. From small businesses to talents, the media outlet has featured 60+ brands, businesses, talents, and entrepreneurs thus far. The site received over 1,000 visits a week at its worst week. 

In addition to its online website, their Instagram

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900-plus Detroit small businesses ‘blessed’ to get COVID-19 relief grants

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Skin Bar VII, a small business in Detroit’s Avenue of Fashion just opened in late 2019. The business focuses on facials, treatments, massages and waxing, so it had to close during the beginning of the US coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

More than 900 small businesses in Detroit will be receiving grants to assist in keeping them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The businesses will receive grants of up to $20,000, which can be utilized for mortgage payments, utilities, rent, payroll and many other expenses. The funding is available through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation from a pool of $7.25 million from the Michigan Small Business Restart Grant Program. 

One of the businesses that received a grant is called Clara’s Place, a banquet hall and catering business on the west side of Detroit on Joy Road.  Before the coronavirus closed the business, it was known

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Detroit golf courses expected to make profit for first time in a decade

Detroit might actually make some money on its golf courses this year thanks to a surge in the sport’s popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.

The city is anticipating its three municipal courses will finish the season in the black this year. It would be the first time in at least 10 years that the courses turned a profit, said Brad Dick, group executive of services and infrastructure for Detroit.

As of Sunday, more than 97,000 rounds were played at Chandler Park, Rouge Park and Rackham — the most in recent records. That’s already 17 percent more than the total number played last year, even after losing a couple of weeks at the very beginning of this season due to closures mandated because of the health crisis.

Revenue this season is expected to be $2.8 million or $2.9 million, compared with $2.3 million last year.

Dick said it is not clear

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Watch now: Central Illinois Regional Airport adds nonstop flights to Detroit | Travel

Officials said Rivian’s activity involving travel to and from its Normal manufacturing facility became the catalyst for the discussions with Delta.

“To have a direct flight between Detroit — which is near one of our offices based in Plymouth, Michigan, and not too far from the Detroit airport — and Bloomington-Normal, will help us accelerate the abilities to get the right people here to this area and to the plant to help us be able to start production,” Knittel said. “This is a huge win for us.”

The flight will operate between the two communities five days per week – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Departures leave Detroit at 3 p.m. and arrive in Bloomington at 4:17 p.m. Departure from Bloomington is at 5:10 p.m., with arrival in Detroit at 7:25 p.m.

Olson said that every business sector in Central Illinois has interests of travel to the eastern United

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Watch now: Central Illinois Regional Airport adds nonstop flights to Detroit | Local News

“To have a direct flight between Detroit — which is near one of our offices based in Plymouth, Michigan, and not too far from the Detroit airport — and Bloomington-Normal, will help us accelerate the abilities to get the right people here to this area and to the plant to help us be able to start production. … This is a huge win for us.”

The flight will operate between the two communities five days per week – Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Departures leave Detroit at 3 p.m. and arrive in Bloomington at 4:17 p.m. Departure from Bloomington is at 5:10 p.m., with arrival in Detroit at 7:25 p.m.

“Nonstop service to Detroit is vitally important to our local economy,” said Jay Allen, Chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority. “We have been working with Delta Air Lines on this route for some time in support of Rivian’s ongoing

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